I should have added that the source files are 1920x1080, 30fps.
> converted my original AVCHD files to MPEG and imported the MPEGs
Not a really great workflow... AVCHD is highly compressed... MPEG is also highly compressed... both require a powerful computer to edit
What might be better is...
Thanks for the suggestion. I'm aware that my setup is sub-optimal. But I'm stuck with it for now. I did use Free HD Converter (the Koyotesoft tool) to convert the AVCHD to MPEG2 HD, although I didn't up the bitrate to 25K, as suggested in the forums link. I'll do that next time.
However, I'm only using the MPEGs as a stand-in for the AVCHD. There's no artifacts in the AVCHD, so they must be introduced in the rendering. That's the core of my problem.
Which project settings did you select when you set up your Premiere Elements project?
If you've properly converted your video and you've matched it perfectly to a project preset, you should see no red lines above your clips when you place them on your timeline.
If you are seeing red lines above your clips, it signals a mismatch with project settings -- which could explain your artifacts.
Steve, after looking at the Project Settings, it looks like I selected the wrong preset. I selected NTSC Hard Disk, Flash Memory Camcorders: Widescreen, 48khz. Perhaps I should've selected one of the AVCHD 1080i presets. (My source video is AVCHD, 1920x1080, 30fps.)
How can I change these settings? I checked the Adobe online docs, but it seems these settings can't be changed for a project. Suggestions?
What would be your recommendation for a preset given my source files for future projects? Can I create a new project with the correct settings and import my edits?
Unfortunately, you can not change your settings mid-project. You'll need to create a new project and select the correct project settings then.
Which settings you select depend on the model of camcorder you're shooting your video with and what the specs of its footage are.
The camera is a Panasonic HDC-TM700P/PC. The spec sheet from the manual says the recording format is "1080/60p: Original; HA/HG/HX/HE AVCHD format compliant"
Thoughts on a preset?
Unfortunately, that's a problematic camcorder. Why Panasonic introduced 60p in a consumer format camcorder I'll never know. Virtually no consumer editing software can work with it.
Can you set the camcorder to shoot in 60i instead?
Otherwise, you may have to edit it with the software that came with the camcorder -- or at the very least, use that software to convert the video from 60p to 60i.
60i is ~30 standard frames per second.
I've checked the actual files on the disk and the bundled Panasonic editor says they are in AVCHD format. I can also convert these files to standard video, if that helps.
(real name's Joe. We're getting to know each other pretty well, so I thought I'd share.
BTW, it appears the camera only records in 1080/60p, but can convert, as mentioned.
I've started a new project, using the Full HD 1080i preset. The AVCHD file (it was not recorded as 1080/60p, that feature was off by default in the camera) loads into PE9 with NO red bar this time in the timeline. I've encoded it to .avi and .wmv using the default settings and I'm still getting the zigzag artifacts.
What type of file are you outputting as?
DV-AVIs, MPEGs and DVDs are interlaced TV formats, so you will see some combing, depending on the program you're using to view the file. (Windows Media Player often shows combing in interlaced video.)
Have you tried burning a DVD and watching it on your TV?
Have you tried going to Share/Computer/WMV and clicking the Advanced button. In the Advanced settings, go to the Video tab and select the Codec option for Windows Media Player 9 Advanced.
It seemed to work for Matthew.
Problem solved! Woohoo! (I hope.)
Steve, I exported to DV-AVI and then encoded to WMV using the free MS Expressions Encoder. Seems to work just fine. No combing and quite good quality.
Any preferred settings on the DV-AVI output or the WMV encoder output for highest quality? I'm uploading my video to YouTube for distribution.
The DV-AVI preset should give you the highest possible quality in standard def video.
I'm not expert on the media encoder though. I've just used the basic settings. Maybe Bill, Neale, Robert or one of the other high-level users has some thoughts.
You may also want to post your question to Premiere Elements support site http://Muvipix.com. It's rare to see a question like this that the experts there don't answer very well in a very short time.
For the limited amount of WMV Exporting that I do, I use the now discontinued MS Windows Media Encoder. Neale pointed me to the Windows Expressions, as the replacement to that program, but I have not used it, as I still have the old WME.
Sorry that I cannot offer more,